Relief efforts by Christchurch New Zealand Stake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched the new community initiative, "Lunches for Linwood," on May 10 to help feed high school students from Linwood College whose school has been shut down due to damages from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Canterbury region in New Zealand's South Island on Feb. 22.

The initiative will provide Linwood students with free meals during a busy day of schooling, travel and a late return home. Linwood College Principal Margaret Paiti said that the initiative was "an amazing outpouring of generosity from the Church."

The students were relocated to a high school campus in Cashmere, nearly 13 minutes away because of the severe damage by both liquefaction and structural damage to the buildings and equipment of their own school. There are two shifts for classes offered at the campus so the 1100 Linwood College students attend class from 1 to 5:30p.m. each day.

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